Ruth Spitz

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Ruth Spitz

Ruth Spitz (1919 - 2009) was an original member of the New American Movement and Democratic Socialists of America. She was involved in the Young Peoples Socialist League during the late thirties and early forties.[1]

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Ruth Spitz was a New York delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[2]

DSA Feminist Commission

In 1985, Ruth Spitz of New York was listed as a NIC liason for the steering committee of the Feminist Commission of the Democratic Socialists of America.[3]

In 1986 she was listed as the NIC contact for the Commission

In 1992 the Democratic Socialists of America Feminist Commission reelected Chris Riddiough as chair. In addition Lisa Foley and Patricia Sexton agreed to serve as vice chairs. Jerry Flieger, Ruth Spitz, Paul Baer and Julie Whitbeck agreed to serve on the commission steering committee[4].

In early 1999 a group of New York Democratic Socialists of America women, including Lynn Chancer, Judith Lorber, Rosamond March, and Tequila Minsky met at Ruth Spitz's apartment for the purpose of reconstituting the DSA Feminist Commission.[5]

The Feminist Commission was started in the early 1970s to explore theoretical issues and related action-oriented programs to move a strong socialist-feminist agenda in the U.S. We would like to revitalize this project of the American Left, which was a focus of activity after the merger between DSA's predecessor organizations, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOQ and New American Movement (NAM).

The newly reformed Feminist Commission will be meeting in New York City on Sunday, March 26th to discuss future plans and activities.

In 2001 Ruth Spitz was Feminist Study Group contact for New York City Democratic Socialists of America[6].

Socialist Scholars Conference

Patricia Mann, CUNY, Graduate Center, Ruth Spitz, SUNY, Empire State, Elayne Rapping, Adelphi University and Paula Kamen, Author, Feminist Fatale were speakers on the Whither Feminism: A Trans-Generational Dialogue panel sponsored by Social Text, Democratic Socialists of America, Radical Philosophy Association at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City[7]


In 1994, Spitz of New York was a member of the Democratic Socialists of America Steering Committee.[8]

Association for Union Democracy

In 2008 Spitz was listed on the Board of Directors for the Association for Union Democracy.[9]

DSA vice-chair

Democratic Socialists of America Vice-Chairs in 2009 were;

Elaine Bernard, Edward Clark, Jose LaLuz, Steve Max, Harold Meyerson, Maxine Phillips, Christine Riddiough, Rosemary Ruether, Joseph Schwartz, Ruth Spitz, Motl Zelmanowicz[10].



  2. DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
  3. DSA Feminist Commission Directory, 1985
  5. DL Millenium issue, Part 2, 1999, page 13
  6. New York Democratic Socialist May 2001, page 1
  7. SSE Tenth Annual Conference Program, 1992
  8. email from C Riddiough to S Tarzynski Dec 9 1994
  9. Association for Union Democracy website, staff